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Friday, 25 July 2008

Two For the Show...

When we were last in Baltimore, I stopped by my pal Claudia's store, Amuse Toys, and told her we were about to take a long trip.  Funny, but each time we've been facing a long plane flight, I've turned to Claud for advice - and she always steers me right. 

These include:

  • The small squeeze toys, individually wrapped in lots of paper and ribbon, for our flight to New Zealand when our daughter was 11 months. Good for 20 minutes each of unwrapping, 10 minutes each of playing, and re-wrapping for the return flight.

  • 51xc21vy7vl._ss400_.jpgThe re-usable Where the Wild Things Are sticker books, travel journal, and finger puppets that allowed us to dine out in Paris and attend a wedding in a historic cathedral in Germany without incident when she was 2 1/2 years old.

And now?  Claud has pointed out the Trunki (pictured above) - a hard-sided, bright pink* suitcase that our daughter can pull herself, carry on her shoulder (provided she doesn't pack like me), or RIDE. *(it comes in other colors, but pink is the One True Color in our house right now.)  The arrival of the Trunki is huge, as we are not going to be able to carry her through the airport, and are likely not taking the stroller either.  It also means she has her own case to pack - which she's done twice in the past week.

Claud also showed me several block puzzles that are the size of a deck of cards, and self-containing. Those will be excellent on the plane. Somehow, a couple of adorable ladybug toys ended up in our bag too. 

Claud also repeated the mantra of the traveling parent: take a bunch of ziploc bags.  They're good for dry storage (crayons, toy pieces, freeveniers like shells and rocks), wet storage (soaked clothing, etc.),  keeping things separate but reachable (cables and cords, batteries, a dry change of clothing), and food storage (though use new bags here, not the crayon bag) for the road trips. 

Claudia is a wise woman.  With a darn fine toy store.
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